Proudly dressed in their red caps and gowns, 161 students from the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center's Class of 2018 entered the auditorium of Wisdom Lane Middle School for GC Tech's commencement ceremony on June 11. District administrators, board of education members, faculty and loved ones were in attendance for the big day as certificates were presented and student awards and scholarships were given to exceptional students in the program.
Assistant Director Sally Maya opened the ceremony by thanking the Levittown administrators, Board of Education and GC Tech faculty members for their support. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald was then introduced at the podium where she shared her experiences of seeing the students put their skills in action, whether in class or at an event.
"We are so proud to share Levittown Memorial High School with this bright group of students," she said. "We wish you the very best of happiness as you continue your journey in life."
Frank Creter, director of art, career and technical education also commended and reflected on the graduating class.
"I'm incredibly proud of you for reaching this pinnacle in your life," he said. "I have been impressed by your work, your accomplishments and your dedication to the program. You have made a commitment to succeed and created a pathway to your future."
In his student address to senior class, SkillsUSA President Christian Hernandez spoke about his valuable experience at GC Tech and the friendships that he formed along the way. He praised faculty members for giving his graduating class the support they needed to succeed and expressed how proud he was of his peers.
Student awards and scholarships were bestowed among many of the graduates, prior to being individually called to the stage to receive their certificates of completion. To conclude the ceremony, a slideshow was presented with photos of the seniors throughout the program.